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Coronavirus Updates

21 Alerts
January 22, 2021 2:32 PM

Hand Washing Reduces COVID-19 and Flu Transmission

(January 22, 2021) Throughout the pandemic, similar to cold and flu season, handwashing has proven to be an effective tool in limiting the spread of the coronavirus.

January 19, 2021 5:06 PM

Vaccine Equity a Statewide Priority

(January 19, 2021) Governor Polis announced last week that COVID-19 vaccine distribution centers are to target administration of the first vaccine dose to 70% of residents 70 years of age and older by the end of February.

The various distribution centers have been directed that Phase 1b below the dotted line will not begin until this milestone has been reached.

January 15, 2021 5:10 PM

Face Coverings versus Vaccination, Data Shows Efficacy of Both

(January 15, 2021) As vaccine administration continues at a steady pace..., data across the State of Colorado reveals effective use of face coverings and physical distancing could reduce hospitalizations more rapidly than vaccine administration.

January 12, 2021 5:40 PM

High Daily Positive Rates Return as Holiday Spike Arrives

(January 12, 2021) San Miguel County Public Health is seeing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases across the county. On January 4, Governor Jared Polis moved all counties in Level Red to Level Orange, increasing indoor capacity for most businesses.

“While San Miguel County has moved to Level Orange, case numbers continue to climb, putting at risk our county’s current capacities at risk,” said Public Health Director Grace Franklin. “The holiday spike is clearly here and limiting your risk of exposure...

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January 8, 2021 5:32 PM

COVID Vaccine Resources, Level Orange-High Risk Lodging

(January 8, 2021) San Miguel County Public Health has updated the coronavirus website to include a section about vaccines.

Updates include links to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) resources, pre-registration information, phasing and more.

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January 6, 2021 5:03 PM

San Miguel County Partners with Region 10 for Small Business Relief

(January 6, 2021) – San Miguel County, CO --- This Friday, January 8 at 1 am MST, San Miguel County, in collaboration with Region 10, will open applications for businesses to apply for its newest round of Coronavirus Relief Funding (CVRF).

The Colorado State Legislature established a Small Business Relief Program for counties, like San Miguel, that were in Level Red from December 10, or earlier, through December 31.

The types of businesses that should apply for this program include...

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January 5, 2021 5:31 PM

COVID-19 Vaccine Phase 1b: Residents 70 and Older to Receive Vaccines this Month

(January 5, 2021) Last week, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) released a revised statewide approach to the phases of vaccine distribution in order to prioritize residents that are 70 years of age and older.

January 1, 2021 3:26 PM

San Miguel County Distributes $3 million in State CARES Act Funds

(January 1, 2021) This week, San Miguel County distributed $3 million in additional CARES Act funding to local businesses.

From over 200 business inquiries and 135 applications, San Miguel County is pleased to share that checks were sent last week to 87 local businesses that qualified for the Severely Disrupted Business Program. The program was based on revenue losses in 2020...

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December 31, 2020 3:55 PM

San Miguel County to Move to Level Orange – High Risk on Monday

Measurement period for 14-day decline to deliver supporting data Saturday, January 2

(December 31, 2020) Last night, Governor Jared Polis announced, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, due to notable decline in positive COVID-19 cases across the state, counties currently in Level Red – Severe...

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December 29, 2020 5:11 PM

First Week of Vaccine Administration Completed

(December 29, 2020) The first round of administration of the Moderna vaccine is rapidly approaching completion.

With an additional 100 doses shipping to San Miguel County Public Health and an additional 100 doses shipping to the Telluride Regional Medical Center this week, the county is lined up to complete distribution to frontline health care and emergency...

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December 23, 2020 7:28 PM

First Moderna Vaccine Distributed in San Miguel County

(December 23, 2020) San Miguel County Public Health and the Telluride Regional Medical Center have received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Distribution has begun for Phase I recipients which includes frontline healthcare and emergency services workers.

“This is truly the moment the world has been waiting for, we’re taking the first step in ending the pandemic. We could not be prouder of our...

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December 22, 2020 5:47 PM

Home for the Holidays: Level Red remains, protocol proves effective as positive cases plateau

(December 22, 2020) The holiday season has arrived and it is more important than ever to think about the best ways to celebrate safely.

The protocol implemented in Level Red is revealing a plateau from the significant peak at the beginning of the month in positive cases across San Miguel County.

“Over the past few days, we have had several patients needing hospitalization that we had...

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December 18, 2020 2:51 PM

A Letter to Our Community From the Board of County Commissioners and Board of Health

(December 18, 2020) As we enter the darkest days of the year, it is time to cherish the holiday memories of the past and know that, after this pandemic, we can once again experience the traditional joys of holidays with family and friends.

Although we understand how challenging it is, we are asking that everyone across San Miguel County increase your diligence to keep yourselves, your families and your neighbors safe and healthy this holiday season. Currently, the COVID-19 numbers in our...

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December 15, 2020 5:29 PM

Second Vaccine Expecting Emergency Use Authorization This Week

(December 15, 2020) This past weekend the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer vaccine, the first COVID-19 vaccine to be administered in the United States.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has determined that rural areas, like San Miguel County, will wait for the Moderna vaccine due to the ultracold storage needed for the Pfizer vaccine.

Moderna, the second company to submit an...

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December 11, 2020 4:05 PM

San Miguel County to Receive First Doses of Moderna Vaccine

(December 11, 2020) San Miguel County Public Health has been working closely with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and has been approved as a distribution site for the COVID-19 vaccine.

This morning, Public Health was informed that 100 COVID-19 vaccines have been allocated to launch Phase I distribution to the county.

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December 8, 2020 4:22 PM

Record Positivity Trends Continue, CDPHE Rapid Response Testing to Return

(December 8, 2020) San Miguel County Public Health has logged record new positives in the first week of December.

With 57 positive test results reported to-date in the month of December alone, COVID-19 is not revealing any signs of slowing as vaccines are still months away.

“The effects of the county’s shift to Level Red: Severe Risk will not be reflected in our...

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December 4, 2020 6:31 PM

New Center for Disease Control Guidelines for Quarantine

(December 4, 2020) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an update to their COVID-19 quarantine guidelines for those who have been exposed to the coronavirus.

While the gold standard for quarantine duration is 14 days, the CDC has sufficient data to support reducing quarantine periods to 10 or seven days depending on a negative test result and no sign of symptoms. For any resident who has been exposed, for most...

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December 3, 2020 6:53 PM

Record Single Day COVID-19 Positivity and SARS-CoV-2 Copies in Wastewater

(December 3, 2020) San Miguel County Public Health is reporting the highest single day total for new positive cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Today’s positives total 31 with an additional 5 reporting from yesterday bringing the total COVID cases among residents to date to 242.

Additionally, wastewater treatment numbers have doubled week-over-week with 1,640,490 copies of SARS-CoV-2 per liter...

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December 1, 2020 4:41 PM

Emergency Use Authorizations for COVID Vaccines, Vaccine Distribution Plan

(December 1, 2020) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is initiating review of two COVID-19 vaccine candidates for Emergency Use Authorization this month.

November 17, 2020 3:06 PM

COVID-19 Colorado Dial Update and Open Industry Forums

(November 17, 2020) The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Office of the Governor announced a new level on the Colorado COVID Dial Safer at Home Level Red: Severe Risk today.

As the pandemic continues to infect Coloradans at record frequency, this level works to keep the Colorado economy afloat while aggressively reducing transmission rates.

“Most Coloradans are doing our part, people are wearing masks, people are staying...

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November 6, 2020 3:02 PM

Telluride School District COVID-19 Update

(November 6, 2020) Public Health has confirmed six new positive cases of COVID-19 from test results received the 3rd through the 6th of November.

All positives are local residents, two of whom, a 55-year-old female and a 49-year-old female, Public Health was unable to contact and therefore could not conduct case investigation. A 61-year-old male, 51-year-old male, 43-year-old female and a...

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County Road Status Updates

6 Alerts
October 6, 2020 8:17 AM

Black Bear Pass is open again.

Black Bear Pass was re-opened late afternoon of 10/5/20.

October 5, 2020 3:07 PM

Black Bear Pass Temporarily Closed

San Juan County is closing Black Bear Pass from the east side.
Updates will be made to this site when it is reopened.

Latest Update:

October 6, 2020 8:04 AM

Black Bear Pass has be reopened.

September 3, 2020 2:54 PM

Imogene Pass Temporary Partial Closure

Motorists or visitors planning on traveling CR K68 between Telluride and Ouray will be required to turn around at the following locations:
Vehicles traveling from the Town of Telluride vehicles will have to turn around at the Smuggler Tramp Ruins.

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Latest Update:

September 14, 2020 12:36 PM

Imogene Pass is open now. The bridge repair is complete.

July 28, 2020 10:10 AM

Bridal Veil Road Open

The road to Bridal Veil Falls is now open. Traffic can come over Black Bear Pass now to the Valley View Parking Lot.

July 27, 2020 2:24 PM

Bridal Veil Road Closed - 7/27/20

Due to a mudslide and current extreme weather conditions the road to Bridal Veil Falls is closed.

Latest Update:

July 28, 2020 10:08 AM

The road to Bridal Veil Falls is now open.

July 9, 2020 10:16 AM

Black Bear Pass Open

Black Bear Pass is open. Please stay safe!

Emergency Alerts

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General Alerts

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High Mountain Pass Status

2 Alerts
June 22, 2020 7:56 AM

Imogene Pass is open

San Miguel and Ouray Counties have completed opening Imogene Pass.

June 8, 2020 11:22 AM

Ophir Pass is open

Ophir Pass is open for the season.

Public Surplus

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